Treatment of Cricket Podiatry related issues
Whether it’s standing and running around in the field for 8 hours or pounding the crease whilst bowling. Cricket is insidiously one of the most taxing games on your feet and legs due to the fact of how long you are standing up for and intermittently running between batting, bowling and fielding.
The most common time for injuries with young bowlers, both spin and pace, is between the ages of 12 to 19. At this age representative cricket begins to take full swing, school or club commitments increase and some kids can be training 4 - 5 times during the week. For young cricketers in this age bracket, the risk of low back stress fractures, knee pain and Achilles problems are at their peak.
Dr. Steven Singh has personally been through the rigours of junior, representative and senior premier cricket. Having sustained and then rehabilitated his body from low back stress fractures, Achilles problems and multiple soft tissue injuries Steve completely understands the balance between bowling technique and training loads required for junior cricketers all the way to seniors at the international level.
Common injuries seen:
Junior and Adolescent Cricket Players:
- Low back stress fractures
- Osgoods Schlatters - Growing pain in the knee
- Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome - Growing pain in the knee
- Severs disease - Growing pain in the heel
- Shin Splints - Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Jumpers Knee - Patella Tendonopathy
- Adductor and Hip Flexor strains
Senior Cricket Players:
- Calf and Hamstring Tears
- Adductor and Hip flexor strains
- Plantar Fascitiis and Heel Spurs
- Achilles Tendon pain (tendinopathy)
- Shin Splints - MTSS
- Ankle Sprains and Acute Fractures
- Forefoot Pain - Turf Toe and Greater toe pain
- Ankle impingement Anterior and Posterior
- ACL + PCL
Prevention and Treatment
If you are in pain now or simply want to look at ways to prevent injury there is never a better time than now to have your body, training loads and cricket shoes looked at.
All assessments are 30 minutes and 45 minutes for those patients who have had chronic or resilient problems that have been untreatable so to speak over a long time.
Common Methodology behind Treatments
Our methodology at Melbourne Sports Podiatry is simple but deliberate. Although all treatments are tailored based on the individual the way we find out how to best work you and our other patients come from the following process:
- Assess specific movement patterns based on the sport
- Assess structures between the lower back and feel
- Identify where the problem is stemming from
- Identify limitations or energy leaks
- Treat on the day and plan ahead.
Common Treatments we use on the first appointment include
- Bowling analysis (bring in footage if you have it)
- Sports specific strapping and padding
- Footwear assessment
- Soft or Deep Tissue release
- Lower limb Dry Needling
- Balance and Strength Programming
- Running Analysis and Re-training
- PNF stretching and Joint Mobilisation
- In shoe wedging and modifications
Other Treatments we use include:
- Sports specific customised orthotics
- Kids only orthotics
- Joint adjustments
- Advanced Foot and Ankle rehabilitation